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Dennis Flint back in court Monday

CAITLIN ROW
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Editor’s Note: Child pornography charges were eventually dismissed.

BRECKENRIDGE – Dennis Flint, the former CEO of High Country Health Care, returned to court Monday on felony charges related to online child pornography.

At Flint’s first appearance and advisement on the felony case Monday, Flint’s attorney – John Newsome – requested additional time for plea negotiations from Fifth District Court Chief Judge Terry Ruckriegle.

Ruckriegle said he’d grant the request and set a new hearing date for July 27 at 3:30 p.m. July 27 is also the deadline for filing any new motions.

Charges against Flint include two felonies and a misdemeanor regarding material found on two computer hard drives in 2006. The felony charges against Flint include a possible penalty of two to six years in prison and a fine of $2,000 to $5,000. The misdemeanor charge includes potential penalties of six to 18 months of prison time and a $5,000 fine.

In May, Flint’s attorneys argued for the defendant’s right to a preliminary hearing, but Fifth District Judge Rachel Olquin-Fresquez ruled against that because of the nature of the charges. A defendant is entitled to a preliminary hearing in cases involving sex crimes, felonies class 1 to 3 and crimes with mandatory prison sentences. Two of the three child pornography charges against Flint are class 4 felonies.

“Sexual exploitation” pertaining to child pornography isn’t defined as a sex crime, and though there’s potential for a sentencing of several years in prison, there’s no mandatory prison sentence for the charges.

Judge Olquin-Fresquez also scheduled a jury trial for a case involving misdemeanor charges of child abuse and third-degree assault involving Flint’s daughter, stemming from an alleged incident last December. The trial is set for Aug. 27-28.

Summit Daily reporter Robert Allen contributed to this article.

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at crow@summitdaily.com.


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